BRRR… It’s Cold Out There! Sell Your Home Before Winter

Ah, winter… Snow, sleet, and slush is on its way and this is when you’ve decided to sell your home! Well, not all is lost. It might be a little more difficult to sell your home before winter, but it isn’t impossible.

When flowers aren’t blooming, and the lawn is withered and brown, your house loses some of the curb appeal that draws in buyers. You’ll need to replace that curb appeal with something, so this is the time to get creative. Pinterest offers boards with lots of inspirational photos of homes with great winter curb appeal. At the very least, hang a welcoming winter wreath on your door and put out a nice, new welcome mat for visitors to wipe their feet.

Once potential buyers are inside, greet them with the warm, homey scent of something yummy baking. You can achieve this without the baking mess (or the calories!) by using a great scented candle in a candle warmer. Scatter appropriately scented candles throughout your home for a subtle ‘welcome home’ to every area. How about the scents of freshly fallen rain in the bathroom or fluffy, warm towels in the laundry?

Invest in whatever you need to keep things organized and neat around your house. This is particularly important around the entryways. If potential buyers see a mess of muddy boots, slushy puddles, and tangles of mittens and scarves, they’re going to assume your home lacks storage. Instead, greet them with large, pretty baskets and a boot tray with all the mess tucked neatly away.

Finally, understand that you’ll be better off getting your home sold before the depths of winter. That might mean accepting a lower offer than you wanted, paying closing costs, or agreeing to make repairs. The alternative is keeping your home in showable condition in the face of slush, mud, holidays, winter break, housebound pets… 

Let us help you sell your home before the depths of winter; contact us now to find out how.

Curb Appeal: Crucial for Home Selling

The first impression may be the only impression a prospective buyer has. If they don’t like the way your home looks from the outside or immediately upon entering, they may cross it off the list of possibilities. Therefore curb appeal is crucial. In the fall and winter it can be more difficult to provide an appealing exterior. Consider the following home selling tips to improve curb appeal during these seasons.

Maintenance

Continue to maintain the lawn even in the fall and winter. Keep the grass cut, clear the leaves, and sweep the walkways. Remove the dying summer flowers and replenish mulch to make gardens look like they are ready to be planted in the spring. If it snows be sure to clear the snow from your driveway and all walkways.

Decorations

While it is OK to decorate for the upcoming holidays remember less is more. Choose a few items but don’t over do it. You want the prospective buyer to envision a home they could live in. If they aren’t excited about inflatable turkeys they may be turned off to your house based on the 3 you have in your front yard. It is best to use outdoor decorations that are inspired by nature as opposed to those that are commercial in appearance. Potted mums are a simple choice that will add color without being overwhelming.

Lighting

The daylight hours are shorter. It is important your home is well-lit so prospective buyers can find it. A well-lit home will also be more appealing. While you are inspecting the lighting outside your home also verify that your house number can be clearly seen from the road.

Taking the above steps will make your home more appealing in the fall and winter months. For additional home selling tips please contact us.

5 Home Selling Tips to Help Sell Your Home

Real estate in Connecticut and most of the country has experienced a dramatic upswing. Now just might be the ideal time to sell your home for top dollar. Here are a few home selling tips that are sure to help make your house marketable and clear a path for a quick sale.

  1. De-clutter — If you have made the decision to sell, then it’s time to start packing and de-clutter your home. A cluttered residence does not show well. You want your house to appear spacious to any would-be buyers so packing up personal items is an ideal way to make your home more appealing to home shoppers. You may want to consider hiring a professional home stager to make sure your truly house shines.
  2. Time of Year — The time of year you decide to sell might impact how quickly your house sells. Connecticut often experiences extremely cold winters which can slow the house selling market. Buyers often don’t like to acquire family homes during the school season. Spring and summer are the most popular months to sell a single family residence.
  3. Flexibility — Always be flexible to a would-be buyer’s schedule. Often buyers give little or no notice when they want to view your home, so always have the residence in tip-top shape and ready to show.
  4. Know the Market — Familiarize yourself with the local market and use an agent that knows what homes are moving in your area. You want to price your home right so it attracts buyers and brings in offers quickly.  Your agent will present you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) that will give you a good idea what local homes are selling for and how quickly. The CMA provides you with an idea of what your home is realistically worth.
  5. Curb Appeal — Many buyers do a drive by before they schedule an appointment to see a home’s interior. Make sure that the residence’s exterior shines and the landscape looks well-kept.

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Fun Real Estate Facts: Study Reveals Home Ownership Dream

Whether you are buying or selling a home in Connecticut, you can learn a lot by looking at the fun real estate facts revealed in a study on housing and homeownership. According to a survey by Trulia.com, home ownership dreams differ depending if you are a millennial in the 18 to 34 age category, a member of Generation X age 35 to 54 or a baby boomers 55 and older. By knowing who is in the market for a new home and when people plan to buy a home, you can make better educated decisions about the listing price, timing and targeted home improvements. According to the survey, 40 percent of baby boomers, 77 percent of Gen-Xers and 89 percent of millennials who currently rent plan to buy a primary residence.

Staging for people with children

If you are trying to sell a home in Connecticut, it’s a good idea to stage the home as a family friendly house. According to the Trulia.com survey, most people buy homes when they have children under the age of 18 living at home. Some ideas for creating a family friendly home even if you are single or married without children include setting up a playroom, decorating bedrooms for children and creating an outdoor play area.

Timing your home purchase

If you are hoping to buy a home in Connecticut, it is an excellent time. The survey showed other fun real estate facts such as the fact that 4 percent of millennials want to buy a home within 6 months; 7 percent plan to buy within 7 to 12 months while 17 percent want to buy within 13 to 24 months. Because interest rates will likely rise, it pays to lock in on a lower rate while also getting ahead of the home buying wave that will likely push up home prices.

Choosing an architectural style

The survey revealed the different architectural style of homes that people prefer. Members of Generation X and millennials like the modern home best, while baby boomers prefer the ranch style home. Three perfect of people want a penthouse apartment, while 2 percent want to live in a converted loft. Some of the most popular styles of home include farmhouse, Victorian, Craftsman, Plantation and Colonial as well as the ranch and modern styles.

Other fun real estate facts relate to the size of a home and the features. Those surveyed prefer homes more than 1,400 square feet but less than 2,600 square feet. Easterners prefer living in the suburbs. Favorite amenities include decks, gourmet kitchens, open floor plan and balcony. For more information on Connecticut real estate and fun facts, please contact us.

Home Selling Tips for the Winter Months

These Home selling tips for winter months can be helpful if your forced to put your home on the market. It’s no secret that home sales take a dive during the winter months, but you may not have a choice of when to sell depending on family or employment situations.  If in fact you are forced to put your home on the market during the winter, use these special home seller tips to make your house stand out during the cold months in Connecticut.

home selling tips for winter

Home Selling Tips for the Winter Months

 

  •     Don’t forget curb appeal.  The flowers are dormant and the grass is brown, so that’s all the more reason to put effort into the outside of the house.  Hang a wreath on the door and find some other tasteful outdoor decor to welcome prospective buyers.
  •     Keep your walk and driveway spotless.  No one is going to have a positive experience when they have to walk through snow and slush to get to your door.  And you don’t want to come home to wet footprints either, so keep those sidewalks shoveled when the snow flies.
  •     Provide photos of your house during spring, summer, and fall months.  Connecticut winters can be long and cold, and pictures of blooming trees and colorful flower beds around the house give buyers something to get excited about.
  •     Turn up the heat.  Buyers want that cozy feeling when they walk in the house, so this isn’t the time to be frugal.  Turn the heat up a bit so that the house feels comfortable when buyers visit.
  •     Let in the light.  The last thing you want is for your house to look depressing on short winter days.  Open curtains and turn on lamps to make the house feel welcoming and bright.
  •     As always, price competitively. Houses that are priced right sell quickly.  If your house is not getting attention, let alone a contract, chances are your asking price is too high.

If you are selling a house in Connecticut this winter, contact us and we can help you put a plan in place to find the perfect buyer for your home. The home selling tips above are a great base to getting you home sold, However to get the most value in the winter you have to consider timing. The timing of using future market forecasts, recently sold comparable homes, and direct competition pricing. Using these 3 ingredients can make your homes days on market short and value you get high.

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